About Jan Blazanin
Q. What is your birthdate?
Q. Previous occupations
A. As a kid I worked in a chicken farm and detasseled corn. As an adult, I've been a secretary, a teacher, and a writer.
Q. Favorite job
A. Writing is my favorite job. I can create, be completely in charge, and go to the bathroom whenever I want!
Q. High school and/or college
A. I graduated from Adel-DeSoto High School, GrandView College, Iowa State University, and Drake University
Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
A. Josh Groban
Q. Favorite movie
A. Singing in the Rain
Q. Favorite television show
Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. Run, sweat, shower, read, write, revise, and repeat.
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Respect the earth and all living things.
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. Achieving a goal I've worked long and hard to attain and celebrating that achievement with my friends and family
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. Being hospitalized
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. Sitting on a beach by the ocean in Jamaica
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. Hillary Clinton, for her perseverance and achievements
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. That's just wrong
Q. What do you regret most?
A. Needing so many years to learn to say no
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. Rhythmic gymnastics
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. Showing students that learning can be fun
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. Being too critical of myself and others
Q. What’s your best quality?
A. A sense of wonder
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. A cat because of its grace and independence
Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
A. My sense of humor
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Scarlett O'Hara in GONE WITH THE WIND
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. I'd want to meet Abraham Lincoln. After I thanked him for everything he did for our country I'd let him do all the talking.
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. People who mistreat animals
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. Playing in the dirt in my garden
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. Being a movie star
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. Compassion, loyalty, and humor
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A. Kraft macaroni and cheese
On Books and Writing
Q. Who are your favorite authors?
A. Lois Lowry, J. R. Tolkien, Sharelle Byars Moranville, Eileen Boggess, Sandra Brown, J.K. Rowling, Michael Palmer,
Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A. Gone With The Wind, The Giver, The Lord of the Rings, Water for Elephants, Tuck Everlasting
Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
A. The Lord of the Rings series
Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
A. Accept constructive criticism and revise, revise, revise!